As mentioned in my last post the girls and I went for a little bush walk to a waterfall on Saturday. It was a less than half an hour drive up the coast and I can't believe after living on the Coromandel for 16 years that we haven't done this little walk before. I noticed the very humble little sign on the side of the road last year when I was out training for my mammoth 200km cycle challenge and promptly put on my 'to do' list. The walk itself took just over 10 minutes each way and was a fairly flat walk following a small tranquil stream. We turned a corner at the end and were greeted by this beautiful double waterfall that you would never know existed. Amelia and I scaled the rock face on the right-hand side of the above photo ........
................so we could see the upper level pool. We had our picnic lunch nearby then slowly made our way back.............
........stopping halfway to have a paddle and play in the stream. We found it hard to imagine that this little calm waterway floods so much in heavy rain that it would come level to Caitlin's neck( or maybe over her head!) in the above photo. We could see as we walked along the path where the flooded water level had reached. We could only imagine how amazing the waterfall would have been then.
Cooling our feet in the 'fresh' stream waters.
After such a strenuous walk (yeah right!) we drove to nearby Pauanui Beach to treat ourselves to ice-creams and enjoy this beautiful deserted beach.
Looking left up the coast to 'Paku hill', Tairua.
And looking to the right out to 'Slipper Island'. Next weekend is Labour weekend so being a long weekend this beach will be very busy especially if the weather stays fine like it was this day.
Okay I'm off to make some pincushions in my sewing attic.